Human rights defenders

Fighting for respect for human rights is a high-risk activity, and groups and individuals in more than 80 countries who commit themselves to this struggle are often targeted by State authorities and private groups. Human rights defenders are victims of threats, attacks, arrests, arbitrary detentions and acts of torture. Since its creation, OMCT has been a pioneer in the protection of human rights defenders by denouncing the repression to which they are subjected. In 1997, OMCT established the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in partnership with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). This unique collaboration is based on the complementary approaches of the two organisations and makes full and profitable use of their respective NGO networks. In 2007, OMCT established « Defend the defenders », a sponsorship project with Swiss personalities aiming at mobilising public opinion, the only counterweight to the arbitrary power of States. [Read more…]


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Philippines:  Senate must adopt Human Rights Defenders Bill, after landmark adoption by House of Representatives

June 11, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Bahrain:  Threats and defamation against Messrs. Sayed Yousif Almuhadafdha and Hussein al-Satri

June 7, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain

Iran:  Sentencing of human rights lawyer Amir Salar Davoodi

June 6, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Iran

Turkey:  Arbitrary arrest and subsequent release of Ms. Nurcan Baysal

June 6, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Mexico:  Security concerns for Soledad Jarquín rise one year after her daughter's feminicide

June 6, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Algeria:  Justice pour Kamel Eddine Fekhar !

May 31, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Algeria

Turkey:  Sentencing of human rights lawyer and co-president of the Human Rights Association (IHD) Ms. Eren Keskin

May 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Restrictions to freedom of association against the Association Sahraouie des Victimes des Graves Violations des Droits de l’Homme Commises par l’État Marocain (ASVDH)

May 28, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Morocco, Western Sahara

Armenia:  Ongoing judicial harassment and defamation campaign against environmental defenders by the mining company Lydian Armenia

May 24, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Armenia

Philippines:  Crackdown on human rights defenders likely to intensify after President Rodrigo Duterte’s candidates sweep Senate elections

May 24, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Philippines

Thailand:  Ongoing judicial harassment of migrant worker rights defender Andy Hall

May 23, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand

Bangladesh:  Arbitrary detention of Mr. Mohammad Abdul Kaium, a member of Odhikar Human Rights Defenders Network

May 23, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bangladesh

Thailand:  Thammakaset must end its judicial harassment of human rights defenders

May 23, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Thailand

Mexico:  The criminalisation case against 16 CECOP members goes to trial

May 22, 2019  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Peru:  Stop Criminalizing Land Rights Defenders for Protesting against the Las Bambas Mining Project

May 20, 2019  |  Reports and Publications  |  Peru